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DateOct 6, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicFood to feed
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Question:

What is the best to feed a dog with diebetes, thanks?

Answer:

I like Purina DM.

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DateSep 23, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeCat
TopicTreatments
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Question:

Any new treatments for cat diabetes there has been for humans?

Answer:

Not really - the veterinary diets (Purina DM in particular) and injectable insulin seem to work best for most cats.

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DateSep 15, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiabetes
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Question:

How to tell if your dog has diabetes

Answer:

Your veterinarian will be able to immediately tell with either a quick urinalysis and/or bloodwork. Increased urination and drinking and weight loss are the most common clinical signs but can also mimic other diseases (kidney, etc.) so testing is essential for a diagnosis.

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DateAug 3, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicInsulin
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Question:

My dog was recently diagnosed with diabetes and fights me daily for insulin injections and runs away like a cat would. Is there any type of insulin injection that’s once or twice a week as opposed to every day? It’s causing us both a lot of stress

Answer:

No, there isn't, unfortunately. All cases are different, so work with your veterinarian to find potential solutions: smaller needle, behavior training with positive reinforcement, etc.

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DateJul 18, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicMixing insulin with Simparica Trio
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Question:

Is it safe to give my diabetic dog, who is on insulin, Simparica Trio?

Answer:

Probably. but it really depends on his past bloodwork and how well regulted he is, etc. so your veterinarian is definitely the best one to ask about that.

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DateJul 11, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
Topicdiabetes treatment
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do you recommend oral meds for dogs with diabetes

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No - they really don't work very well for them - almost all diabetics will need injectable insulin.

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DateJun 17, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeCat
TopicMedicine
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Question:

Can I order Vetsulin online without a prescription which my Vet will not provide

Answer:

No, sorry - a veterinarian that has met your pet face-to-face must approve any prescription medications.

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DateJun 17, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicHealth
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My dog has just been diagnosed with diabetes (blood sugar is 545) along with a heart murmur and elevated liver enzymes..can you give me a rough idea the cost of this? How often will blood tests have to be done? Can we change his diet to control his diabetes and not do insulin shots?

Answer:

Costs vary so wildly from vet to vet, that is really something that you will need to discuss with the veterinarian that treats him. Then how often blood tests need to be done depends entirely on how well (or not well) he is responding to therapy. Changing his diet always helps and is necessary (because the diet he ate before allowed him to become diabetic), but unfortunately, with dogs (unlike cats or type 2 people), a diet change alone is rarely curative.

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DateJun 10, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicFood
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Question:

What brands and types do I feed?

Answer:

I would need to know a LOT more about your dog to really give you good advice. You filed your question under Diabetes so I assume you are asking about food for a diabetic dog. My personal favorite for my canine patients with diabetes is this one from Royal Canin: https://www.royalcanin.com/ca/en_ca/dogs/products/vet-products/veterinary-dietcanine-diabetic-dry-dog-food

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DateMar 29, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeCat
TopicInsulin
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My cat just developed diabetes. I give her noviline 70 30 insuline. I am diabetic, so I base what I do to myself for her. My vet does not help at all, and I live on an island in Alaska, so there is no other vet. Her blood sugars run from 100 to 500. How can I get her to a more even blood sugar. I give her the insulin twice a day.

Answer:

Along with the insulin, make sure she is eating a prescription food specifically formulated for cats with diabetes like Purina DM : https://www.proplanvetdirect.com/dry-dm-dietetic-management

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DateMar 2, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeCat
Topictreatment
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Question:

Is shots of insulin everyday at same time the only treatment. Is there any alternative. Just looking for second opinion. Under care of our vet. He does say the shot of insulin only treatment.

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Depending on how high your cats blood sugar levels are, the vast majority of cats will need insulin injections to begin with. If your cat will eat the prescription diet (usually Purina DM), many cats can be weaned off of the injections after many months of injections, but close to 100% of truly diabetic cats will need injections to begin with.

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DateJan 6, 2022
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicDiabetic food
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Question:

What is the best food for a diabetic dog who is on insulin?

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The prescription diets work the best, like this one, made by Purina: https://www.purina.co.uk/dog/dog-food/product-proplan-veterinary-diets-diabetes-management-dry

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DateDec 17, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicNews
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news

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If you are just looking for information about Diabetes, here is a link to our article all about Diabetes: https://www.1800petmeds.com/education/diabetes

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DateDec 15, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicSelegiline for diabetic dog
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Can a 14.9years maltese, diabetic take Selegiline?

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That question is best answered by your veterinarian - they will need to review your dogs history (other medications taking, how well regulated, etc.), bloodwork (kidney, liver function, etc.) to give you the best advice.

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DateNov 15, 2021
CategoryDiabetes
Pet TypeDog
TopicDesmopressin Eye Drops Vs Tablets
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Hi Dr. Dym, My dog has the symptoms of diabetes insipidus however she refuses to let me give her the Desmopressin eye drops. It would be so much easier for me to give her the Desmopressin tablets and hide the medicine in her food however my dog’s veterinarian does not think that Desmopressin tablets exist even though I see them as a treatment option on the pet meds website. What is the best way for me to resolve this situation? My dog has wet the bed every day and I am disparate for a cure. Thank you.

Answer:

While diabetes mellitus is common in dogs (as are other reasons for wetting the bed - incontinence, kidney problems, etc.), Diabetes insipidus (DI) is exceedingly rare. To give you an idea: I have seen 1 case in 26 years of private practice. So first of all, be sure of the diagnosis. Since we so rarely see DI in private practice, consulting a specialist for treatment is ideal - often found at your local veterinary school or referral institution.

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